Prime Minister: "Sri Lanka must understand that there will be consequences for its actions"



    TORONTO, May 16 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister joined the United Nations and
numerous world leaders today calling for an end to violence in Sri Lanka.
    The Prime Minister has reportedly made several calls to President
Rapapakse to make clear his concerns about the need for an end to violence and
help for civilians.
    Thousands of civilians remain surrounded by the Sri Lankan army today and
a massacre is looming. The United Nations have expressed grave concern for the
safety of the estimated 30,000 to 80,000 civilians remaining inside the combat
zone.
    The Prime Minister declared "Sri Lanka stands on the brink. We have
called repeatedly for the violence to cease. The humanitarian agencies must be
granted access to civilians caught in the crossfire of a dreadful conflict. We
are backing UN efforts to secure an orderly end to the conflict."
    The Canadian Human Rights Voice applauds Prime Minister Gordon Brown for
directly intervening and calls on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to join other
world leaders on behalf of Canadians to end the violence before further
innocent lives are lost.

    Canadian Human Rights Voice (CHRV). CHRV a not-for-profit,
non-governmental, independent human rights committee comprised of Canadian
University Graduates. www.chrv.ca.





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For further information: Todd Ross, todd@toddross.ca, (416) 505-4740

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